- Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
- Fellow, Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)
Dr. Abrams is a Health Psychologist who examines the role of sociocultural and psychological factors in the etiology and pathophysiology of chronic illnesses, namely HIV/AIDS and cardiovascular disease, among marginalized populations with a focus on women of African ancestry. Her work identifies and elucidates the processes by which psycho-socio-cultural factors influence health outcomes and behaviors. Additionally, with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention, Dr. Abrams develops, implements, and evaluates multi-level evidence-based interventions. Her long term research and programming goals are to continue partnering with communities, domestically and globally, to conduct work that contributes to improved health outcomes for women of African ancestry. Dr. Abrams is also the founder of Research Unlimited, a full service research assistance agency that specializes in the recruitment and retention of diverse groups. Her REIDS mentor is Dr. Jeannette Ickovics.